1 Peter 2:11-3:7
Paul Harrington completes his time with us and continues the Handbook for Expats series by explaining 1 Peter 2:11 to 3:7.
Paul outlines how we can have an impact on unbelievers through our good conduct.
Strangers but not strange
1 Peter 2:11-12: Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us. (NIV 2011)
- Aliens (foreigners)/strangers in the world
- Who abstain from sin
- Who live good lives
- For the glory of God (their conversion)
3 case studies of how to do it with not-yet-believers
- When they have authority over you (1 Peter 2:13-17)
- Masters (unbelievers) who treat (Christian) slaves unfairly (1 Peter 2:18-25)
- Believing wives with unbelieving husbands (1 Peter 3:1-7)
The goal and limits of ‘good’ living